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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 20, 2010 9:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What if someone takes the sound from a PD movie and....

Nope. If that were true, those items wouldn't be PD. You can go in circles forever with that theory.

Edit: See this post http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=309883

This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-06-20 16:06:50

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Poster: FP   Date: Jun 24, 2010 8:07am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What if someone takes the sound from a PD movie and....

I hope your confidence doesn't get you into trouble.

As long as the PD work is presented complete, it's usually safe. The problem arises from "derivative works". It's too complicated to go into here. Unless you're familiar with BMI cue sheets and original agreements and so on, re-purposing PD content for commercial purposes can lead to a world of painful legal issues.

Why do you think Prelinger content, available here for free, is also available in "cleared" form for a fee through another company? It's not because production companies like spending money for no reason.

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Jun 24, 2010 8:21am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: What if someone takes the sound from a PD movie and....

I concede the point. You seem familiar with this area of copyright law. And I know that, if there is significant money to be had, individuals and companies will come out of the woodwork with lawsuits. I remember when the iPod became popular it happened, even though it had been on the market for a couple of years beforehand.

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